Look into yourself, and improve your health. That was the essence of Caroline Myss's prescription, delivered last night (Oct 29) at the State of the World Forum in San Francisco.
Dr. Myss is a proponent of energy medicine - your own energy, that is. A powerful speaker, she blends down-home southern preacher with pop psychology and a little Dear Abby-type common sense.
She told delegates that people generate energy when they stop wallowing in their own personal issues. It was vital to overcome the inability to forgive, even though that was a natural tendency.
"We're taught self-righteous vengeance well before we are taught forgiveness," she said.
She said most people went through much of their lives carrying around slights and emotional wounds.
"They occupy our consciousness and absorb almost all our energy. The circuits are jammed."
She said on the brink of the new millennium, people were starting to see the power they could generate, and they wanted it. They were almost ready to let go, to move to the next stage in human enlightenment.
"We have to disempower the wounds - in ourselves and in nations. The spirit has to go back to the gymnasium of life," she said.
Not everyone walked out of the Fairmont Hotel's Grand Ballroom fully understanding what Dr. Myss had to say. But she must be doing something right. Her two self-healing books are both currently on the New York Times best-seller list.